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Countdown To Portal Awards: A Little History

Keep reading over the next few days for insight on this year’s nominees

Fans will be asked to continue a tradition that is now 13 years old when voting for the 2012 Airlock Alpha Portal Awards begins June 25.

The awards themselves started in 1999 as the SyFy World Genre Awards. At the time, SyFy World, still living in its home in the now defunct GeoCities, was just starting to gain a small following, thanks to its spoiler reporting on shows like “Earth: Final Conflict,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” and the final episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

There wasn’t a lot of science-fiction on television and in the movies at the time, but the audience was there, and the fact is, there was no other way for genre fans to express their love for their favorite shows and movies.

The Genre Awards were an instant hit, so much that it has continued through name changes (from SyFy World to SyFy Portal to Airlock Alpha), through the expansion of entertainment into devices that were just science-fiction themselves when we first started, and more.

While there is no actual physical trophy, the award has been celebrated by fans, actors, writers, producers, directors and composers alike. It has earned mentions and campaigning in all kinds of venues, including San Diego Comic-Con, and in recent years, even Twitter.

To date, the number of votes counted is well into seven digits, and for many shows, this is the biggest and best chance to get recognized.

The Portal Awards, renamed in 2009 to reflect the name change of Airlock Alpha (and honoring the legacy of SyFy Portal), are based on nominations from an international committee comprised of fans and members of the GenreNexus staff. The committee is hand-picked by me to make sure that as many different fan aspects of the genre are represented, so that everything has an equal chance of being nominated.

Many committee members return year after year, and those who submit nominating ballots are automatically asked to return. We then look for a handful of new people each year as well, from hundreds of applications.

Over the next several days leading up to the Portal Awards, we will be breaking down the various categories and nominees. Who are some of these people and shows, why are these movies being recognized, and what is it that we should know about as we get ready to submit our 30 ballots over the next month.

In the meantime, just to top off a little bit of history, here are the past winners of the Airlock Alpha Portal Awards.

BEST ACTOR/Television
2011 – Sean Bean, “Game of Thrones”
2010 – David Tennant, “Doctor Who”
2009 – Jensen Ackles, “Supernatural”
2008 – Jensen Ackles, “Supernatural”
2007 – Joe Flanigan, “Stargate: Atlantis”
2006 – Nathan Fillion, “Firefly”
2005 – Ben Browder, “Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars”
2004 – David Boreanaz, “Angel”
2003 – Ben Browder, “Farscape”
2001 – Ben Browder, “Farscape”
2000 – Avery Brooks, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”
1999 – Avery Brooks, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”

2011 – Anna Torv, “Fringe”
2010 – Eve Myles, “Torchwood”
2009 – Catherine Tate, “Doctor Who”
2008 – Mary McDonnell, “Battlestar Galactica”
2007 – Amanda Tapping, “Stargate SG-1”
2006 – Evangeline Lilly, “Lost”
2005 – Claudia Black, “Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars”
2004 – Sarah Michelle Gellar, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
2003 – Claudia Black, “Farscape”
2001 – Kate Mulgrew, “Star Trek: Voyager”
2000 – Kate Mulgrew, “Star Trek: Voyager”
1999 – Kate Mulgrew, “Star Trek: Voyager”

2011 – John Noble, “Fringe”
2010 – Bernard Cribbins, “Doctor Who”
2009 – Michael Emerson, “Lost”
2008 – Michael Emerson, “Lost”
2007 – Masi Oka, Heroes”
2006 – Adam Baldwin, “Firefly”
2005 – Michael Shanks, “Stargate SG-1”
2004 – James Marsters, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
2003 – James Marsters, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
2001 – Robert Picardo, “Star Trek: Voyager”
2000 – Robert Picardo, “Star Trek: Voyager”
1999 – David Hemblen, “Earth Final Conflict”

2011 – Alaina Huffman, “Stargate: Universe”
2010 – Alaina Huffman, “Stargate: Universe”
2009 – Summer Glau, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
2008 – Allison Mack, “Smallville”
2007 – Ali Larter, “Heroes”
2006 – Amy Acker, “Alias”
2005 – Amy Acker, “Angel”
2004 – Amy Acker, “Angel”
2003 – Gigi Edgley, “Farscape”
2001 – Jeri Ryan, “Star Trek: Voyager”
2000 – Jeri Ryan, “Star Trek: Voyager”
1999 – Jeri Ryan, “Star Trek: Voyager”

2011 – Leonardo DiCaprio, “Inception”
2010 – Robert Downey Jr., “Iron Man 2”
2009 – Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
2008 – Johnny Depp, “Sweeney Todd”
2007 – Gerard Butler, “300”
2006 – Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
2005 – Will Smith, “I Robot”
2004 – Johnny Depp, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl”
2003 – Viggo Mortensen, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
2001 – Patrick Stewart, “X-Men”
2000 – Tom Hanks, “The Green Mile”
1999 – Patrick Stewart, “Star Trek: Insurrection”

2011 – Emma Watson, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
2010 – Sigourney Weaver, “Avatar”
2009 – Gillian Anderson, “The X-Files: I Want To Believe”
2008 – Emma Watson, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
2007 – Lena Headey, “300”
2006 – Emma Watson, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
2005 – Kate Winslet, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
2004 – Liv Tyler, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
2003 – Liv Tyler, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
2001 – Anna Paquin, “X-Men”
2000 – Sigourney Weaver, “Galaxy Quest”
1999 – Donna Murphy, “Star Trek: Insurrection”

2011 – Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
2010 – Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
2009 – Thomas Dekker, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
2008 – Hayden Panettiere, “Heroes”
2007 – Hayden Panettiere, “Heroes”
2006 – Emma Watson, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
2005 – Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
2004 – Elijah Wood, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
2003 – Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
2001 – Manu Intiraymi, “Star Trek: Voyager”
2000 – Scarlett Pomers, “Star Trek: Voyager”
1999 – Scarlett Pomers, “Star Trek: Voyager”

2011 – Leonard Nimoy, “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide,” Fringe
2010 – Alex Kingston, “Time of Angels,” Doctor Who
2009 – Alan Tudyk, “Omega,” Dollhouse
2008 – James Marsters, “Exit Wounds,” Torchwood
2007 – Richard Dean Anderson, “200,” Stargate SG-1
2006 – Christina Hendricks, “Trash,” Firefly
2005 – Claudia Black, “Prometheus Unbound,” Stargate SG-1
2004 – Charisma Carpenter, “You’re Welcome,” Angel
2003 – Juliet Landau, “Lies My Parents Told Me,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2001 – Susanna Thompson, “Unimatrix Zero,” Star Trek: Voyager
2000 – Marina Sirtis, “Pathfinder,” Star Trek: Voyager
1999 – Bill Mumy, “The Siege of AR-558,” Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

2011 – “Winter is Coming,” Game of Thrones
2010 – “End of Time,” Doctor Who
2009 – “Monster at the End of the Book,” Supernatural
2008 – “Blink,” Doctor Who
2007 – “Parting of the Ways,” Doctor Who
2006 – “Trash,” Firefly
2005 – “Prometheus Unbound,” Stargate SG-1
2004 – “A Hole in the World,” Angel
2003 – “Conversations With Dead People,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2001 – “The Body,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2000 – “What You Leave Behind,” Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1999 – “Dark Frontier,” Star Trek: Voyager

BEST SERIES/Television
2011 – Game of Thrones
2010 – Doctor Who
2009 – Supernatural
2008 – Supernatural
2007 – Battlestar Galactica
2006 – Firefly
2005 – Stargate SG-1
2004 – Angel
2003 – Farscape
2001 – Star Trek: Voyager
2000 – Star Trek: Voyager
1999 – The X-Files

2011 – Inception
2010 – Avatar
2009 – Star Trek
2008 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2007 – 300
2006 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2005 – The Incredibles
2004 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2001 – X-Men
2000 – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
1999 – The Matrix

2011 – J.J. Abrams
2010 – Russell T. Davies
2009 – James Cameron
2008 – J.K. Rowling
2007 – James Doohan
2006 – Stan Lee
2005 – Steven Spielberg
2004 – Joss Whedon
2003 – J.R.R. Tolkien
2001 – Leonard Nimoy
2000 – George Lucas
1999 – Gene Roddenberry

ROD SERLING AWARD for Classic Television(started 2010)
2011 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
2010 – Star Trek: The Next Generation
CHARTER – Twilight Zone
CHARTER – Star Trek
CHARTER – Doctor Who

BEST WEB PRODUCTION (started 2007, suspended 2011-12)
2010 – Stargate: Universe – Kino
2009 – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
2008 – Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
2007 – “Episode 1,” Sanctuary

BEST WEB SITE (started 2006, discontinued 2012)
2011 – GateWorld
2010 – SciFi Wire
2009 –
2008 –
2007 – GateWorld
2006 – Whedonesque

BEST THEME SONG/Television (discontinued 2005)
2004 – Angel
2003 – Farscape
2001 – Earth: Final Conflict
2000 – Star Trek: Voyager
1999 – Star Trek: Voyager

BEST COMIC BOOK (discontinued 2006)
2005 – Astonishing X-Men (Vol. 1), Joss Whedon

BEST NOVEL (discontinued 2006)
2005 – “Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space Nine: Trill and Bajor, Vol. 2,” Andy Mangels, Michael A. Martin, J. Noah Kym

For those who like statistics, Daniel Radcliffe leads with the most Portal Awards wins at five with Emma Watson close behind at four. Six actors have three each — Amy Acker, Claudia Black, Ben Browder, James Marsters, Kate Mulgrew and Jeri Ryan. Thirteen actors have two wins each.

In television, “Star Trek: Voyager” has a huge lead over everything else with 18 wins. “Doctor Who” and “Farscape” are tied for second with eight wins. “Angel” has seven wins, and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is behind them with five wins. They are followed by “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Firefly,” “Stargate SG-1” and “Supernatural” with five each.

In films, the Harry Potter franchise leads with 11 wins, followed by the Lord of the Rings franchise with six and the Star Trek franchise with four.

In all, 76 people have been honored over the years from 27 television shows and 19 film franchises.

Don’t forget that voting begins June 25 and lasts through July 25 right here at Airlock Alpha! Learn more about this year’s nominees by clicking here.

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